"Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood.
Now is the time to understand more,
so that we may fear less."
— Marie Curie
Marie Curie is honored by the whole world as a scientist, one of the greatest of all times, and a pioneer for having paved the way to nuclear physics and cancer therapy. And yet, Marie would not remain in our memories if she would not have been an exceptional human being, faithful to her dreams and ideals, a model for generations to come. She drew her strength from her roots and her anchor points remained unchanged throughout her life: her family, her very close friends, which included all the greatest researchers and scientists of the time, Poland her country of birth, and finally science, the scientific research to which she gave all her energy.
She was humble and modest and offered her life, and the infallible instinct of her genius, to serve humanity.
"A hard and long and dazzling career had not succeeded in making her greater or less, in sanctifying or debasing her, she was on the last day just as gentle, stubborn, timid as in the days of her obscure beginnings.... this eternal student, of whom Einstein said, "Marie Curie is, of all celebrated beings, the only one whom fame has not corrupted." Passing like a stranger across her own life, intact, natural and very nearly unaware of her astonishing destiny".
— Eve Curie